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May 10, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(19):1215-1216. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480190021001e

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At the recent meeting in Washington of the Committee on National Legislation representing the American Medical Association, the subject of reciprocity between the several states was very generally discussed, and considered practically impossible with so many states and territories, each with its own standard and no two alike. More than half of the states were represented at the conference and the interchange of opinion was free. The committee appointed one year ago made a majority report through its secretary. Dr. Emil Amberg, advising against reciprocity, and in favor of a National Board of Examiners. The committee had, however, been working upon the hypothesis that such a board could be created and sustained by act of Congress. Letters read from Senator Burrows and others caused the committee to drop the idea of a national board created by act of Congress as such legislation would certainly be unconstitutional and in conflict with

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